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Judge Dredd (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi  |  30 June 1995 (USA)
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In a dystopian future, Joseph Dredd, the most famous Judge (a police officer with instant field judiciary powers) is convicted for a crime he did not commit while his murderous counterpart escapes.

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Judge Griffin (as Jurgen Prochnow)
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Olmeyer
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Miller (as Maurice Roeves)
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Geiger
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Mean Machine (as Chris Adamson)
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Junior Angel
Peter Marinker ...
Judge Esposito
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Judge Silver
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Storyline

In the year 2139, the Earth has changed into a virtually uninhabitable place called the Cursed Earth. All of the Earth's population have crowded into the cities across the planet, now known as Mega-Cities. The crimes in these Mega-Cities became so violent and so powerful, that the regular justice system was powerless to contain, then it collapsed completely. However, a new justice system came from the ashes, there were three justice systems in one (police, jury and executioner), they were called Judges. In Mega-City One (formerly, New York City), there was a Judge, named Joseph Dredd, who was the toughest and most stringent Judge in history. One day, he was charged with murder, and was tried and sentenced to life in prison because of it. Written by John Wiggins

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In the future, one man is the law. See more »


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30 June 1995 (USA)  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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£7,023,123 (UK) (15 September 1995)
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Trivia

The vehicles used in the film (Taxis mainly) were actually Land Rover Forward Control 101s, originally used as a military vehicle. For the film, Land Rover designed and built the 31 vehicles using the FC101 chassis and a fibreglass body. Only one of the vehicles was given an interior to match for close up and interior shots, the rest were totally bare inside except for the controls and a drivers seat. The one with the interior can be seen at the Planet Hollywood in Myrtle Beach, SC See more »

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Before the enter the exhaust hole, the fire is being blown outwards.. When Dredd and Ferguson run in the exhaust pipe, the flame is chasing them rather than moving away them. This is because Ferguson fell and had no chance of reaching the interior end of the tube, so Dredd and Ferguson began running back out to the exterior end, ahead of the flames going out. See more »

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Narrator: In the third millennium, the world changed. Climate, nations, all were in upheaval. The Earth transformed into a poisonous, scorched desert, known as "The Cursed Earth". Millions of people crowded into a few Megacities, where roving bands of street savages created violence the justice system could not control. Law, as we know it, collapsed. From the decay rose a new order, a society ruled by a new, elite force. A force with the power to dispense both justice and punishment. They ...
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Need Fire
Performed by Cocteau Twins
Written and Produced by Cocteau Twins
Published by Cocteau Twins Publishing
Cocteau Twins appear courtesy of Capitol Records in the U.S. and Canada and Phonogram Records in the U.K.
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My two penneth
5 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Judge Dredd and 2000AD represent my childhood inspiration for all things creative, accumulating in my career in the creative industry (I still have a full set of early 2000ADs in my studio). So obviously the film holds very personal emotions for me and as such I have to admit that I had a negative bias from the start. Anyway enough about me.

The film started and I was very impressed with the visual effects and design. At first I thought Judge Dredd's uniform was way over the top, even more than the comic version. However after remembering the visual style of films like Flash Gordon (1980) I put that down to personal preference.

One of the problems is Sylvester Stallone's Performance. I am not one of Sly's detractors, I have enjoyed his performances in films such as Rocky, First Blood, Paradise Alley, Copland and even Demolition Man. However this performance bares no resemblance to the character of Judge Dredd.

Stallone's character lacks the authority and quiet confidence of Judge Dredd. Sly seems to have replaced these aspects with standing in a tough pose, looking intense and shouting were applicable. Needless to say I did not see the dark and gritty anti hero I was hoping for.

I realise that this is a tall order for any actor and Sly in not helped by the films biggest problem, the atrocious dialogue. Clichés and over dramatic speeches destroy any hope of realism.

My final comment... Judge Dredd's helmet.

This should stay on at all times. I know this seems superficial, but it is representative of certain aspects of Judge Dredd's personality. Firstly Dredd's lack of personal ego, secondly his almost robot like dedication, determination and 'perceived' invulnerability and thirdly Dredd's function as an executioner.

There, I feel a little better now I've got that off my chest. Cheers.


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